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Editorial: Trudeau demonstrates skin-deep commitment to diversity

Editorial: Trudeau demonstrates skin-deep commitment to diversity

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 26, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Travelers in a foreign country have two options — they can learn the culture and blend in, or they can fake it until they make it. And while it’s impossible to know which strategy Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took on his official visit to India, it’s clear he didn’t make it. Trudeau...

Friday Fly: The Pitt News

Friday Fly: The Pitt News

By Maggie Koontz | Senior Columnist

February 22, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

“Friday Fly” is a recurring column dedicated to a fly on the wall’s perspective on campus spots and daily life here at Pitt. This is the fourth installment. The Pitt News is not a typical workplace. For most of the students who churn out the daily paper, there is no such thing as a short shi...

Cartoon: February 23, 2018

Cartoon: February 23, 2018

By Daniel Spack | Staff Illustrator

February 22, 2018


Filed under Cartoons, Opinions, Uncategorized

Lamb misses the mark on gun issues

Lamb misses the mark on gun issues

By Jeremy Wang | Senior Columnist

February 22, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Southwestern Pennsylvania loves its guns. And for many Democrats outside Pittsburgh’s City limits, that part of the region’s culture has become a stumbling block to winning public office. Throughout his campaign, Conor Lamb — the Democratic candidate for March’s special election in Pennsyl...

Editorial: After shooting, student walkouts lead the way

Editorial: After shooting, student walkouts lead the way

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 22, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Florida’s state legislature disappointed gun control advocates Monday when it declined to consider a ban on the assault weapon used in last week’s high school massacre in Parkland, Florida. But for students, both in the state and around the country, that wasn’t the end of the story. From Minnes...

#YouToo: Bosses, Take Action for Your Employees

#YouToo: Bosses, Take Action for Your Employees

By Alexis Buncich | Columnist

February 21, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

You’re a young person, freshly starting your career and beginning to make a name for yourself. You are entrusted with big tasks, like handling confidential material, managing the business’ account and leading the new public relations campaign. Now, imagine that, like an unfortunate mirror of your own accomp...

Editorial: Despite new district map, parties still responsible for success

Editorial: Despite new district map, parties still responsible for success

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 21, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The Supreme Court released a new Pennsylvania Congressional District map Monday, redrawn to correct the state’s 2011 Republican-drawn version of the map, which the Supreme Court ruled as being an “unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.” Democrats feel encouraged by the new map, while Republicans are understandably concerned this new congressional map...

Letter to the Editor: Student voters responsible for turnout rate

Letter to the Editor: Student voters responsible for turnout rate

By Student Government Board

February 21, 2018


Filed under Letters To Editor, Opinions

Dear Editor, As the current president and elections chairwoman of the Student Government Board, we feel compelled to respond to Tuesday’s opinion piece titled “Student election interest starts with SGB slates.” While we agree voter turnout should be significantly higher and more students should have their voices heard, the article inclu...

Student election interest starts with SGB slates

Student election interest starts with SGB slates

By Anne Marie Yurik | Columnist

February 20, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It wasn’t until Monday of last week that I realized it was election season for Student Government Board. I, along with all 19,325 of my peers, are responsible today for voting in a new student body president who will be a voice for all undergraduates on campus. Although I thought the reason I d...

Editorial: “Black Panther” sets standard for Hollywood inclusion

Editorial: “Black Panther” sets standard for Hollywood inclusion

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 20, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

If pop culture in the 2010s is remembered for anything, it’ll have to be superhero movies. Marvel, DC and smaller franchises have populated the silver screen with countless heroes over the past several years, almost all of them white — until last weekend, that is. “Black Panther,” a Marvel Studios produc...

Editorial: The Pitt News endorses Maggie Kennedy for Student Government Board President

Editorial: The Pitt News endorses Maggie Kennedy for Student Government Board President

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 19, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions, Top Stories

Candidates for the position of Student Government Board president run campaigns every year, requiring them to sit down with any number of student organizations, clubs and social groups and explain their case. With election day right around the corner, this year’s two candidates met with one more gr...

Florida shooting should be a wake up call

Florida shooting should be a wake up call

By Ana Altchek | Columnist

February 19, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Valentine’s Day is usually a holiday of showing care and appreciation for loved ones — but for many living in South Florida, it was a day of mourning and loss. February 14, 2018, just became a day marking one of the deadliest mass shootings in the United States. Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old who had previ...

Cartoon: February 16, 2018

Cartoon: February 16, 2018

By Daniel Spack | Staff Illustrator

February 16, 2018


Filed under Cartoons, Opinions

Biden begs the presidential question

Biden begs the presidential question

By Maggie Durwald | Columnist

February 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I settled into my seat at the Carnegie Music Hall Monday night, surrounded by cheering audience members, whose exclamations of “Run, Joe, run!” rang throughout the hall. Former Vice President Joe Biden had arrived in Pittsburgh. Biden’s 27th and final stop on his American Promise Tour took him to the Steel City Monday to talk about his ...

Vagina Monologues take on tired taboos

Vagina Monologues take on tired taboos

By Anne Marie Yurik | Columnist

February 15, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Mere feet in front of me, a confident, talented, inspiring woman stood on stage, moaning before the audience in the William Pitt Union. She was holding a flogger in her hands and wearing nothing but red underpants, a garter belt and a blue blazer. I saw this woman in front of an audience Saturday night, not jus...

Editorial: Presidential portrait captures Obama’s presidency

Editorial: Presidential portrait captures Obama’s presidency

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 15, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Among a sea of white faces belonging to former commanders in chief, Barack Obama marked a decisive change in  what an American president looked like 10 years ago when he won his first term. And with the unveiling of his official presidential portrait Monday, the nation’s first black president is continuing to affect the visual pr...

Single and ready to … stay that way

Single and ready to … stay that way

By Vaibhavi Patria | Columnist

February 14, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It took me until my sophomore year to finally give up my need to be in a relationship. In the past, I constantly felt an urgency to date or be in committed relationships rather than casual ones. When I was dating people, I never truly felt happy and secure. But during the times I wasn’t dating, I...

Climate lawsuits point way for greener future

Climate lawsuits point way for greener future

By Bryn Manion | For The Pitt News

February 13, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Massive storm clouds raining torrents of water down on lower Manhattan, completely submerging subway cars. Huge plumes of smoke and fire, turning the sky orange over the hills alarmingly close to Los Angeles. The scenes of towns ravaged by hurricanes are reminiscent of an apocalyptic world. Cities...

Editorial: Don’t take hugging controversies lightly

Editorial: Don’t take hugging controversies lightly

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 13, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

With Valentine’s Day being tomorrow, romantic gestures are rapidly proliferating across the country. One particular gesture, however, has been receiving unexpected new scrutiny: the hug. In a piece for The Washington Post this Sunday, reporter Lavanya Ramanathan asked whether some kinds of hugging — an ancient human behavior that’s seen an uptick over the past several decades — should be included in the growing conversation surrounding sexual abuse. Citing...

esports make natural addition to Olympics

esports make natural addition to Olympics

By Thomas Wick | Columnist

February 11, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It’s the 2026 Olympic Winter Games. Two combatants pick up pieces of plastic laced with electrical current and various input chambers. They do not face each other directly, but they fight on a screen — as Pikachu and Mario, respectively. This fight will decide who wins the 2026 Olympic Winter Ga...

Editorial: Credit Pence for stand on North Korea

Editorial: Credit Pence for stand on North Korea

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 11, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The last time Mike Pence made a political statement at a sporting event, he criticized pro football players for kneeling through the national anthem — but the vice president was the one sitting on his hands this weekend in Korea. Pence was in Pyeongchang, South Korea, at the end of last week, accompanying...

Columnists’ careers in a college cocoon: vignettes from the opinions section

Columnists’ careers in a college cocoon: vignettes from the opinions section

By The Pitt News Staff

February 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

We here at The Pitt News occupy a difficult space. For us, Pitt is both a presence in our classrooms as an educator and in our columns as an organization we have to keep accountable. We aren’t quite a club — TPN is independent from the University — and yet our location in the William Pitt Union keeps...

Seniors, take heart as graduation nears

Seniors, take heart as graduation nears

By Henry Glitz | Opinions Editor

February 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Waking up at 9 a.m., my mind immediately goes to the activities of the day. When am I going to fit in time for meals? What homework did I forget? What am I going to do for the rest of my life? As a senior, I’ve gotten used to the pace of life in college — including gratuitously late wake-up ti...

Saying #MeToo in the streets, not just the tweets

Saying #MeToo in the streets, not just the tweets

By Alexis Buncich | Columnist

February 8, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Me too. Me too. Me too. It’s been all over the news. It’s been all over your Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds. As sexual assault survivors of all identities continue to speak out about their stories, it’s easy to get caught up in the increasingly visible culture of feminism and girl pow...

Editorial: Military parade an exercise in wastefuleness

Editorial: Military parade an exercise in wastefuleness

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 8, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Though he was democratically elected, President Donald Trump seems to relish every opportunity to look like an autocrat. His first year in office has seen everything from attacks on the free press to a resilient personality cult — soon, he’ll even get a military parade. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis confirmed at a pre...

Opioid memorial etches abuse into public eye

Opioid memorial etches abuse into public eye

By Charlotte Couch | For The Pitt News

February 7, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

At “Prescribed to Death,” an opioid memorial in the William Pitt Union, a steady flow of people moved through the room in a respectful silence. People saw a large, black wall dotted with small white pills, and a screen with a number in the thousands growing higher by the second. The memorial ma...

Editorial: Wolf’s budget is progressive, but needs Democratic legislature to pass

Editorial: Wolf’s budget is progressive, but needs Democratic legislature to pass

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 7, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled the fourth yearly budget of his term Tuesday — and unlike his previous three, we might actually see it fully passed before the end of the year thanks to the 2018 midterm elections. The 2018-19 budget is notably progressive — Wolf is calling to raise both funding for publi...

Don’t paint Greek Life with single stroke

Don’t paint Greek Life with single stroke

By Ana Altchek | Columnist

February 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I distinctly remember my first night at college, standing awkwardly in the basement of an off-campus house packed with strangers. Lost in a trance, watching drunken mobs of people make fools of themselves, I was brought back to reality when I was aggressively shoved by an incoherent stranger who spil...

Editorial: Cynical Super Bowl ad shows superficial concern for civil rights

Editorial: Cynical Super Bowl ad shows superficial concern for civil rights

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 6, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

When he first delivered his “Drum Major Instinct” sermon Feb. 4, 1968, at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Martin Luther King Jr. had little way of knowing how his speech would come across in the moment — let alone 50 years in the future. The civil rights icon likely never foresaw a sound bite of the s...

Editorial: Peduto’s Amazon optimism dangerous for City

Editorial: Peduto’s Amazon optimism dangerous for City

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 5, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Mayor Bill Peduto is gazing into Pittsburgh’s future as a possible home for Amazon’s HQ2 wearing what appears to be a pair of rose-colored glasses. The proposition of a $5 billion economic bolster sits untouched in the distance, a prize Pittsburgh and 19 other cities are ruthlessly racing toward ...

State of the Union guests are people, not props

State of the Union guests are people, not props

By Maggie Durwald | Columnist

February 5, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

From war veterans to heroic police officers to victims of gang violence, President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address last week provided the kind of emotions and theatrics one would expect from a reality TV showman of his caliber. He introduced a lineup of tragic and inspiring stories from American ...

Shock over memes doesn’t mean much

Shock over memes doesn’t mean much

By Brian Gentry | Columnist

February 2, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

When news broke last week that some members of Pitt College Republicans were participating in a private GroupMe that shared racist memes, headlines may as well have read, “College students say something racist — again.” A Twitter account called “Racists @ Pitt” published screenshots from the ...

Pitt: Then and Now (Part 4)

Pitt: Then and Now (Part 4)

By Liam McFadden | Staff Illustrator

February 2, 2018


Filed under Cartoons, Opinions

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Editorial: Cleveland mascot’s departure signals good first step

Editorial: Cleveland mascot’s departure signals good first step

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 1, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

With statues of Confederate generals removed across the South last summer and likenesses of Christopher Columbus vandalized across the North last October, it was only a matter of time before the next symbol of racism in America came down. This time, it was in our own backyard. The Cleveland India...

In Aziz Ansari’s wake, don’t get confused about consent

In Aziz Ansari’s wake, don’t get confused about consent

By Anne Marie Yurik | For The Pitt News

February 1, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

“It was sexual harassment.” “It was just bad sex.” “She should share her experiences.” “She’s a weak woman.” “Speaking out about this was anti-feminist.” “Something like this shouldn’t ruin his career.” Reactions varied wildly after feminist website babe.net published a story in mid...

Editorial: Trump calls for unity, shows none

Editorial: Trump calls for unity, shows none

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 31, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

President Donald Trump took a brief hiatus from Twitter Tuesday night to deliver his first State of the Union address, touting high hopes for unity across his audience — which seemed divided and stiff with discomfort. It took no more than a wide pan of the camera around the room for Nancy Pelosi...

NFL: heighten safety or hamper the game

NFL: heighten safety or hamper the game

By Will Schulman | Columnist

January 31, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Uncategorized

Getting into formation with teammates, you stare across the field at the quarterback's eyes and hear him shout “Green 18” and “54’s the mike,” signaling players to move around the field. A few seconds later, a crisp “set...hike!” cuts through the noise — the game has begun. Now you...

Hold Greek Life to a higher standard

Hold Greek Life to a higher standard

By Neena Hagen | Columnist

January 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

From Penn State to Florida State, colleges across the country have been joining an ever-lengthening list of schools with recent high-profile fraternity fatalities tarnishing their records. And just last week, Pitt nearly joined that list, too. A member of the Sigma Chi fraternity chapter on campus was hospi...

Editorial: Supervised sites won’t solve PA’s heroin problem

Editorial: Supervised sites won’t solve PA’s heroin problem

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 30, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

A proposal that would have been absurd only 10 years ago almost seemed to make sense this week when officials in Philadelphia suggested drastic measures to combat the growing opioid abuse epidemic afflicting the city — and the entire country. Philadelphia Public Health Commissioner Thomas Farley announced ...

Education can eradicate the health care gap

Education can eradicate the health care gap

By Brian Gentry | Columnist

January 29, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Americans of all walks of life held their breath last year as Republicans tried over and over again to ram bills through Congress to repeal Obamacare. Health care policy is notoriously difficult to pass — and not without reason. Not only does it impact every single American, regardless of age, soci...

Editorial: Trump, Conway misstate facts on feminism

Editorial: Trump, Conway misstate facts on feminism

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 29, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

In an era of women’s marches, the #MeToo trend and fourth-wave feminism, it’s astonishing how frequently the movement for women’s rights is still widely misunderstood. And President Donald Trump took the opportunity this weekend to exemplify the intellectual disconnect. After an interview Saturday with the preside...

Cartoon: January 26, 2018

Cartoon: January 26, 2018

By Daniel Spack | Staff Illustrator

January 26, 2018


Filed under Cartoons, Opinions

Poetry: January 23-24

Poetry: January 23-24

By Alexis Buncich | For The Pitt News

January 26, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

In spring, we walk to class in miniskirts; we’ve got our books in hand. Everything seems swell outside, the weather at our command. Runners jogging in the park, the warmth remains when it turns dark, and every decision appears to be a complete, brand-new start.   In spring, the l...

Poetry: RIP Merriam-Webster

Poetry: RIP Merriam-Webster

By Maggie Koontz | Columnist

January 26, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Our dusty dictionary sits unused on the bottom shelf of the five-level mahogany bookcase. Once important for teaching us children the words we didn't know yet, it filled our dirty hands, as we put pencil smudges on the page, but now we've got the internet.   Mom bought...

Poetry: Phipps Conservatory

Poetry: Phipps Conservatory

By Maggie Koontz | Columnist

January 26, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

My lover is like a cactus. His prickly spines deter others. He lives in the dry desert room, surrounded by sand, under the hot sun. I wish I could visit him, but I am planted in a different room. I am a daisy in a garden, held captive in a conservatory, in humid tasteless air, surrounded by other flower...

‘Black Mirror’ reflects cruel U.S. crime system

‘Black Mirror’ reflects cruel U.S. crime system

By Will Schulman | Columnist

January 25, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Growing up was difficult enough with two living parents — I can’t imagine reaching adulthood with only one of them. What’s truly unimaginable, though, is growing up with your parent’s consciousness trapped inside a stuffed monkey. If this sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, you’re cl...

Editorial: Meehan confuses ‘soul mate’ and sexual assault

Editorial: Meehan confuses ‘soul mate’ and sexual assault

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 25, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan sat on the House Ethics Committee for three terms, investigating several representatives’ alleged violations of the law and ensuring members maintained proper conduct — until this past Saturday. Now, Meehan himself is under investigation by the committee in response to se...

HQ fad tires out trivia fans

HQ fad tires out trivia fans

By Brian Gentry | Columnist

January 24, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

My friends and I sat around the one remaining phone, our palms sweaty from anxiety. We were playing “HQ,” a trivia app that features prizes ranging in value from $1,000 to $10,000 awarded to those who can correctly answer 12 trivia questions. Out of the four people who started the game, only one ...

Editorial: State gerrymandering decision needs action now

Editorial: State gerrymandering decision needs action now

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 24, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

As midterm elections loom and Pennsylvanians prepare to deliver their opinion on President Donald Trump’s first two years in office, the Commonwealth’s Supreme Court added to the drama Monday when it ordered a change to the lines of battle themselves: Congressional district borders. In a long-...

Op-Ed: A conservative reflects on Trump’s first year

Op-Ed: A conservative reflects on Trump’s first year

By Marlo Safi | Op-Ed Contributor

January 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

During my tenure as assistant opinions editor for The Pitt News in 2016, I wrote a scathing column about Milo Yiannopoulos’ visit to Pitt after the College Republicans hosted him. I was on the verge of apoplexy in this tirade — I was livid that this loud-mouthed charlatan who resembled Liberace in his bo...

Editorial: Pro-Trump ad shows lack of real concern for cops

Editorial: Pro-Trump ad shows lack of real concern for cops

January 23, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

In a time when both ends of the political spectrum have sought to bring issues surrounding police to the forefront of public discussion, it’s hard to think the dialogue could get any more polarized. Of course, nothing is impossible in the age of President Donald Trump. The latest ad from the president’s 2020 re-ele...

Editorial: Second Women’s March goes beyond resistance

Editorial: Second Women’s March goes beyond resistance

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 22, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

One day after the anniversary of Donald Trump’s tenure in the White House, downtown Pittsburgh looked a lot like it did a year ago — dense with the picket signs and pink hats common among the president’s opposition. According to organizers, nearly 30,000 people — including women and others who...

Republican debate should disappoint conservatives

Republican debate should disappoint conservatives

By Neena Hagen | Columnist

January 22, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The babbling of the audience hushed as the theater lights dimmed, heightening the buzz of anticipation felt by everyone gathered Saturday evening at Carnegie Mellon University. The debaters took the stage, confident and relaxed in contrast with the tension in the crowd. The Republican gubernatorial de...

Top ten diets for a better you in 2018

Top ten diets for a better you in 2018

By Sarah Shearer | Assistant Opinions Editor

January 19, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Waist-deep in January, as we currently are, many students find themselves already sitting in the middle of a pile of empty chocolate chip bags and miserably shattered New Year’s resolutions. But kicking yourself over broken resolutions is the last thing you should be doing — we still have 49 week...

Top 10: Reasons Amazon should come to Pittsburgh

Top 10: Reasons Amazon should come to Pittsburgh

By Henry Glitz | Opinions Editor

January 19, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Picking a “best of” for any category is a difficult job for us Pittsburghers — our City is just a cut above the rest in general. How can we be so sure? Amazon told us. The latest dispatch from Jeff Bezos’ Seattle seat of power yesterday narrowed the race for the honor of hosting his company’s secondary headquarters from a crowded field of 200-some proposals to a field of 20,...

Editorial: PG publisher silences staffers, increases tension

Editorial: PG publisher silences staffers, increases tension

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 18, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

One of our newspaper’s daily features is the editorial — a short piece briefly discussing an issue our community is facing and presenting the editorial staff’s collective point of view. Editorials are deliberately not credited to any specific author. This isn’t meant to be a way for the writer ...

Logan Paul leaves low-quality mark on Youtube

Logan Paul leaves low-quality mark on Youtube

By Thomas Wick | Columnist

January 18, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Since the beginning, the internet has been home to the most disgusting parts of pop culture. But recently, a crackdown on bad behavior on one of the internet’s biggest sites seems to be sparing its stars. Popular YouTube vlogger Logan Paul posted a video Dec. 31 of him and his friends exploring Aok...

Column: Pitt police, community get safety upgrade with Tasers, body cams

Column: Pitt police, community get safety upgrade with Tasers, body cams

By Jeremy Wang | Columnist

January 17, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Columns, Opinions

This isn’t the first time Chief James Loftus pushed to use technology to help his officers be more effective and better protect their communities. Prior to working with the University of Pittsburgh Police Department, Loftus held every sworn rank in the Miami-Dade Police Department between 1983 and ...

Editorial: Post-Gazette editorial not representative of newspaper or city

Editorial: Post-Gazette editorial not representative of newspaper or city

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 17, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

If the Pittsburgh Post-Gazettes’ Monday editorial “Reason as racism” put a bad taste in your mouth, you’re not alone. The editorial defended President Donald Trump’s inflammatory statement he made in a meeting Thursday with lawmakers discussing immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and sev...

“Last Jedi” puts women in the lead

“Last Jedi” puts women in the lead

By Maggie Durwald | Columnist

January 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Not so long ago in a town not so far away, I ran around the house with a blanket for a cape and a blue plastic lightsaber, pretending to be Darth Vader. My twin brother favored Luke Skywalker. We spent hours clacking our lightsabers together and waving our hands wildly at each other in a frenetic dem...

Editorial: Nuclear scare proves unpreparedness

Editorial: Nuclear scare proves unpreparedness

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 16, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

In less time than it takes to log into a two-factor authenticated Pitt email account, an employee of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency caused pandemonium in the state with the click of a mouse. During a routine checkup of the state’s nuclear response system Saturday, a worker responsible f...

Fraternities not lone sexual assault perpetrators

Fraternities not lone sexual assault perpetrators

By Charlotte Couch | For The Pitt News

January 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Imagine opening your email and seeing a new message — it contains a complex how-to guide for navigating parties and getting girls, and even a handy list of “the seven E’s of Hooking Up.” Though the message explicitly says “no raping” — thank goodness — the email’s subject line is d...

Libertarians lose in 2018 without the GOP

Libertarians lose in 2018 without the GOP

By Noah Manalo | For The Pitt News

January 11, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

After a year of hurricanes devastating countries, terror attacks shaking citizens and a seemingly endless number of cultural influencers losing their reputations and their lives, many are looking to 2018 with a mixture of caution and optimism. But hopeless optimism isn’t limited to just apolitical hopes...

Editorial: Wolf opioid declaration a step in the right direction

Editorial: Wolf opioid declaration a step in the right direction

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 11, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Yesterday, Gov. Tom Wolf confirmed something we all already know to be true: Pennsylvania is in the midst of a drug abuse crisis. In a statement released from Wolf’s office, the governor added Pennsylvania to a list eight other states that have already declared states of emergency over rampant opioid and heroin addiction. Wolf said Pe...

Self-awareness snaps unconscious biases

Self-awareness snaps unconscious biases

By Vaibhavi Patria | Columnist

January 10, 2018


Filed under Columns

Imagine you’re walking down Forbes Avenue one afternoon, and suddenly a man wearing a ski mask grabs your backpack and sprints away. You call the police immediately, and although the backpack is nowhere to be found, they’ve arrested two men who match your description of the perpetrator. You’re ta...

Editorial: Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech not grounds for presidency

Editorial: Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech not grounds for presidency

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 10, 2018


Filed under Editorials

A touching personal narrative and optimistic view of the future, both surging with classic American ideals — this was the blueprint of Oprah Winfrey’s much-applauded speech at the Golden Globes Sunday night. And according to Matt Bennett of USA Today, these are also the elements of presidential speech. Despite Winfrey’s repeated statements denying her interest in running for any public office, her...

Women in Hollywood won’t solve sexism alone

Women in Hollywood won’t solve sexism alone

By Henry Glitz | Opinions Editor

January 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Hating on Hollywood — the home of the unattainably beautiful and fabulously wealthy — has always been easy for those of us living in Pittsburgh’s somewhat colder climate. But with last weekend’s Golden Globe Awards marking the end of a year full of scandals and sexual misconduct in the entert...

Editorial: Sessions takes step backward on weed

Editorial: Sessions takes step backward on weed

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 9, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

It’s no secret President Trump’s attorney general has a strong antiquated streak — even his full name, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, conjures up images of Confederate generals and “Gone with the Wind.” As for policy choices, Sessions’ memo last Thursday — which ended federal tolera...

Homes for the Holiday: Vignettes from winter break

Homes for the Holiday: Vignettes from winter break

By The Pitt News Staff

January 8, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It’s a strange feeling to realize that each person passing you on the street has a complex life all their own — but hardly an exclusive one. It’s so common, in fact, that in 2012 writer John Koenig coined a new word, “sonder,” to describe it. As throngs of students return to the sidewalks on campus, many might...

Dream both big and small in 2018

Dream both big and small in 2018

By Henry Glitz | Opinions Editor

January 8, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

When I joined this newspaper’s editorial staff around this time last year, I spent my first night on the job writing a column about how I thought our readers should approach the new year. The rapidly approaching prospects of a new president and a new job, along with my natural impulse to set grandiose start-of-t...

So long to Saturday finals

So long to Saturday finals

By Ben Sheppard | Columnist

December 11, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Opening PeopleSoft and finding your final exam dates is like opening your presents on Christmas — sometimes you’re elated, other times you’re more than a little let down. Discovering all your finals are on the first days of finals week, or earlier, is a feeling of pure joy. It’s like gett...

Put the fun back in finals

Put the fun back in finals

By Sarah Shearer | Senior Columnist

December 11, 2017


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“You can do this Tiana — you always make it through in the end,” Tiana Han says resolutely to herself. Han, a Pitt junior and biology major, lights a candle, settles into the desk in her apartment and gets down to business. She will only be there for a few hours at a time, though, taking break...

Christmas consumerism doesn’t make for war

Christmas consumerism doesn’t make for war

By Noah Manalo | For The Pitt News

December 8, 2017


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It’s not truly Christmastime in my family until we’re forced out into the cold for an impromptu caroling session around the neighborhood. Afterward, we’ll drive Downtown for an evening of ice-skating under Pittsburgh’s largest Christmas tree. Another, more unfortunate telltale sign of the season is the ree...

Cartoon: December 8, 2017

Cartoon: December 8, 2017

By Daniel Spak | Staff Illustrator

December 8, 2017


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GOP tax plan threatens grad students the most

GOP tax plan threatens grad students the most

By Maggie Durwald | Columnist

December 7, 2017


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The Republican Party has once again proven itself to be an enemy of science and higher education — this time in the form of its new tax plan, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. With a vote of 51-49 during the early hours of Dec. 1, the Senate passed the GOP’s latest plan — a draft riddled with last-minute revisions scribbled in its margins — just ho...

Editorial: Franken shows need to unite against sexual assault, regardless of party

Editorial: Franken shows need to unite against sexual assault, regardless of party

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 7, 2017


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Twitter’s time stamps proved just how planned politics can be yesterday. Over the course of an hour, 11 female Democratic senators made coordinated statements calling for Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota to resign from office amid mounting allegations of sexual harassment. As of now, eight women have...

When environmental groups overstep, progress halts

When environmental groups overstep, progress halts

By Brian Gentry | Columnist

December 6, 2017


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The auditorium of Arsenal Middle School contained an eclectic mix of people Monday night. In the middle aisle, a sharply dressed younger crowd in scarves and thick-rimmed glasses conversed with representatives from environmental groups such as PennEnvironment and Lawrenceville United. Meanwhile, gruff, blue-...

Editorial: NFL player safety more important than politics

Editorial: NFL player safety more important than politics

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 6, 2017


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It seems like the National Football League won’t leave the headlines. The week 13 game Monday night between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals turned violent, resulting in a potentially life-altering spinal injury for Steelers’ linebacker Ryan Shazier and multiple players’ ejections...

Oil pipelines pursue a path of turmoil

Oil pipelines pursue a path of turmoil

By Lexi Kennell | Culture Editor

December 5, 2017


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Native Americans in the Dakotas faced police dogs, pepper spray and rubber bullets last year while trying to protect their homes from one pipeline — now parts of the region have nearly 210,000 gallons of oil spilled on it from another. Last year’s clashes on the Standing Rock Reservation in North ...

Editorial: Senate tax bill sets dangerous precedents

Editorial: Senate tax bill sets dangerous precedents

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 5, 2017


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With last-minute amendments being proposed left and right, deals being struck and an extensive tax bill being passed late into the night, the U.S. Senate floor might have been wilder Friday night than the streets of Oakland. Under the leadership of Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., 51 Republicans, incl...

Microtransactions mar gaming experience

Microtransactions mar gaming experience

By Thomas Wick | Columnist

December 4, 2017


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A short time ago in an industry not so far away, the gaming empire Electronic Arts released a video game called “Star Wars Battlefront II” — but gamers should keep their wallets handy if they want the full game experience. This sequel to the 2015 “Star Wars Battlefront” promised to add improve...

Editorial: Data breach proves Uber needs oversight

Editorial: Data breach proves Uber needs oversight

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 4, 2017


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If you took a ride with Uber before last year, your personal data may have passed into and out of the hands of hackers — and before two weeks ago, you wouldn’t have even known. According to a Nov. 21 memo from Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber’s recently installed chief executive, the company fell victim to a hack last October that compromised the p...

Friday Fly: Nordy’s Place

Friday Fly: Nordy’s Place

By Maggie Koontz | Columnist

December 1, 2017


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“Friday Fly” is a recurring column dedicated to a fly on the wall’s perspective on campus spots and daily life here at Pitt. This is the third installment. As the flow of students through the William Pitt Union basement slows and shadows lengthen, the bright blue Nordy’s sign beckons students f...

Cartoon: December 1, 2017

Cartoon: December 1, 2017

By Daniel Spak | Staff Illustrator

December 1, 2017


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Editorial: In cases of sexual misconduct, no story is too small

Editorial: In cases of sexual misconduct, no story is too small

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 30, 2017


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To bring down Harvey Weinstein, it took the accounts of thirteen women. It took five to bring down Louis C.K. And yesterday, it took just one woman’s account of sexual misconduct to bring down ex-NBC “Today” host Matt Lauer. After The New York Times released the story, NBC took swift actio...

A productive, yet misrepresentative three-way debate

A productive, yet misrepresentative three-way debate

By Neena Hagen | For The Pitt News

November 30, 2017


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At colleges across the country — from California to the University of Connecticut — political events frequently turn violent. So when I got to room 324 of the Cathedral of Learning Tuesday evening for the Pitt Political Science Student Association's three-way debate between Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians, I braced myself for a ba...

Editorial: Pittsburgh’s veil of Amazon secrecy leaves residents behind

Editorial: Pittsburgh’s veil of Amazon secrecy leaves residents behind

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 29, 2017


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With little more to go on than a slogan, Pittsburghers don’t know what to make of the City’s proposal to house Amazon’s second headquarters. The online retail giant announced its search for a location in September, and has since received 238 submissions from cities, states and metropolitan areas across North America. Cities responded by offering Amazon a s...

When talking assault, recognize the limitations of the #MeToo movement

When talking assault, recognize the limitations of the #MeToo movement

By Ana Altchek | Columnist

November 29, 2017


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The infamous words of pre-college advice for girls at my high school graduation party were “never leave your drink unattended,” and, if you ignored that, “don’t drink the punch” — warnings against the dangers of college parties, particularly when alcohol is involved. These are valid ti...

Don’t make students foot the bill for tax cuts

Don’t make students foot the bill for tax cuts

By Maggie Durwald | Columnist

November 28, 2017


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As our fellow Pitt students once again embark on the often overwhelming journey that is apartment hunting for next year, the voters of Pennsylvania may be inadvertently raising our rental costs. At the polls earlier this month, 54 percent of Pennsylvanians voted for a constitutional amendment allo...

Editorial: Port Authority police on trains would be a wreck

Editorial: Port Authority police on trains would be a wreck

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

November 28, 2017


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Even though many Pitt students don’t even know it exists, Pittsburgh’s humble commuter light rail might soon look a lot more like the transit systems of New York, Los Angeles and Miami — but only as far as security measures go. The Port Authority of Allegheny County put forward a proposal ear...

A long overdue farewell to The Pitt News

A long overdue farewell to The Pitt News

By Jaime Viens | Contributing Editor

November 27, 2017


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“This is an exploration of feminism by a somewhat educated, 19 year old liberal arts major.” This is the first sentence I ever wrote in hopes of getting hired as a columnist for The Pitt News back in 2015. Somehow, it worked, though the words were rightfully never published until today. It’...

Editorial: Journalists shouldn’t be afraid to contextualize evil

Editorial: Journalists shouldn’t be afraid to contextualize evil

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 27, 2017


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What was unusual in the response to a recent New York Times story wasn't its negativity so much as where the hate came from. With figures on the political right, from President Donald Trump to Joseph Curl of the Washington Times, frequently deriding The New York Times as “failing” and “very,...

Cartoon: November 21, 2017

Cartoon: November 21, 2017

By Daniel Spack | Staff Illustrator

November 21, 2017


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Volunteer, but not on Thanksgiving

Volunteer, but not on Thanksgiving

By Neena Hagen | For The Pitt News

November 20, 2017


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It’s Thanksgiving, and you're bustling around the sweltering, crowded soup kitchen, maneuvering around your fellow volunteers, taking up practically every inch of space on the floor. Someone jostles your elbow, almost causing you to spill the giant pot of soup you're carrying around. Despite the...

Talking politics at Thanksgiving shouldn’t be taboo

Talking politics at Thanksgiving shouldn’t be taboo

By Anne Marie Yurik | For The Pitt News

November 20, 2017


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What do you do when someone close to you says something about a topic in the news you find simply reprehensible? Oftentimes, the instinct is to shut up and pretend it didn’t happen — something that’s especially true over the holidays. If your Thanksgiving expectations are similar to mine, y...

Editorial: GOP tax plan would aggrieve grad students

Editorial: GOP tax plan would aggrieve grad students

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 20, 2017


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Republicans acted last week with their tax bill to relinquish the United States’ status as a country with one of the highest official corporate tax rates in the world. In its place, the GOP plans to tax another group at record rates — graduate students. Despite uniform resistance from congressional Democrats, Republica...

Extend love to homeless in a city that doesn’t

Extend love to homeless in a city that doesn’t

By Sarah Shearer | Columnist

November 17, 2017


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Nichole Cooper didn’t know a simple “How are you?” would lead to such a rich friendship when she met Shaker on the street. “You know, I just saw him and was like, hey, what’s up?” Cooper said.  “He offered me a cigarette and I said no and he asked how are you?” Cooper, a woman from Tex...

To succeed, sophomores should stay on campus

To succeed, sophomores should stay on campus

By Brian Gentry | For The Pitt News

November 17, 2017


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Sophomore Dolan Edinboro knew he wanted to move off campus for his sophomore year. But when he started looking for apartments in the November of his first semester at Pitt, he and one of his roommates, sophomore John Kelly, were shocked to sometimes spend five or six hours a week looking for one. “I...

Off-year election marks desire for criminal justice reform

Off-year election marks desire for criminal justice reform

By Ben Sheppard | Columnist

November 16, 2017


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Despite our national representatives’ inability to agree on anything, the Nov. 7 off-year elections showed that the nation at large is united by at least one thing — criminal justice reform. Pittsburghers are fed up with archaic strategies of criminal justice  — and Mik Pappas is their new refor...

Editorial: ACLU threatens Harris with strong First Amendment lawsuit

Editorial: ACLU threatens Harris with strong First Amendment lawsuit

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 16, 2017


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Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Darlene Harris somehow manages to regularly get herself into the petty types of quarrels that make Buzzfeed headlines — in April last year, she made local headlines when she got into a verbal altercation with a bicyclist. She took up bike lanes as a major aspect of ...

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